We are waiting for our flight JL 8 in Narita Airport and will be landing in Boston at 11:05 EST on July 3. See you soon!
It’s hard to believe that our trip to Japan has come to an end. It almost feels like we’ve been here forever, and its really strange to think that soon I will be back home and sleeping in my own bed. I know I will look back on this trip with many fond memories. From riding the train to school with my host student to staying overnight at a Buddhist temple, every experience taught me something new. I have discovered so much about Japanese culture and people, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I learned a lot, but one important lesson that I will take away from this trip is the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone. When we first arrived I truly felt like I had stepped into a different world. I was bombarded with completely new and different people, places, and things. At first it was a little overwhelming, but I’m really glad that I was able to get used to it. I wouldn’t have gotten nearly as much out of this trip had I not let go of any discomfort I had with what was new and different. It is easy to close yourself off from anything unfamiliar, but I’ve learned that if you choose not to you allow yourself to discover so much about the world around you. When I return, I will try to incorporate this into my daily life.
Today, for everyone, the trip comes to an end. But for me, my trip may just be beginning. I am heading up to Hokkaido today instead of going back to Boston to look at a college I may possibly go to. It’s one of the best colleges in Japan, and I was thrilled when I got in, but my future is still a blur, and I want to make sure that I know where I’m going. It felt like this trip would never end, and I’m sorry that it was only so short. I could have spent a month here with all these people and my host family. Just as last time I came here, the trip was an unforgettable experience, and the sights I’ve seen and things I’ve learned will always be remembered, but even more so than that, the people that I met in Japan, whether they were Japanese or Bostonians, were some of the best I could have encountered. I look forward to seeing everyone again, whatever country it may be in.
Today unfortunately is the last day of one of the most memorable trips of my life. I have enjoyed coming to Japan so much and have learned infinitely more than I ever could have expected. I have been exposed to the most amazing variety of foods, sounds, smells, and sights many of which I will never forget. This trip has made me phenomenally closer to every single person on this trip. At the begging, I knew two people well and I kind of knew one other person. As this trip comes to a close, I look around and realized that over the past two weeks I have made the most amazing friends and have bonded an incredible amount with those I already knew. This trip has also made me closer not only to other Brookline students, but also to the many great friends in Japan that I will undeniably stay in touch with for a long time to come. From my host sister to some of the girls I met at school, I have made friends that could not be made anywhere else. Over all this trip has exposed me to an entirely new world of culture and has open the door to a giant new world of friendships and relationships that will last for a long time to come.
Our last day in Tokyo was spent visiting the Studio Ghibli Museum, which highlights the work of famous animator, Hayao Miyazaki. Photos are not allowed inside but it is a very creative and imaginative space. We then shopped in Harajuku and Omotesando and spent a fun night at Odaiba, where we watched a show with the Gundam statue. It was a busy and fun last day in Tokyo! We are headed back to Boston early Thursday morning. What a great trip!